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For Those Supporting Refugees: Lessons from North American Indigenous ExperienceThe Annual February Faith Lecture - Sunday Evening, Feb 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Fr. Brokenleg will share research and experience from his lengthy and detailed engagement with indigenous communities who continue to struggle with the effects of inter-generational transfer of trauma. He argues that similar social, psychological and spiritual dynamics will become evident in the lives of refugees from, amongst other places, Syria. This experience will present challenges to Canadian faith communities who seek to support these newcomers to Canada.

Ancient Benedictine Spirituality: The Case for a Dispersed Canadian Community - Monday Morning, Feb 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. till noon

As a founder of the Community of St. Aidan, a Canadian Anglican Benedictine community, Fr. Brokenleg will explore how traditional Benedictine disciplines and practices will support a vibrant Canadian church. Founded in 2009, the community follows the Canon Community structure of non-cloistered, vowed Benedictines that form around a local Church. The community make St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Victoria their spiritual home. He will provide stimulus for discussion, assisted by a lay and an ordained responder, of how such practices can enrich our common life together here in our territory.

Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D. OSBCn

Fr. Martin Brokenleg was most recently the director of Native Ministries and a professor of First Nations theology and ministry at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology (Ed D) and a Doctor of Divinity (DD) for church advocacy from Albertson University. For 30 years, Fr. Brokenleg was a professor of Native American studies at Augustana College of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has extensive experience as an alcohol counsellor. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe practising the culture of his Lakota people.

IN PREPARATION FOR THE LECTURES, you may wish to read or consult:

  • Christie Harris. 1996. Raven's Cry. Douglas and McIntyre.
  • Paulette Regan. 2012. Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling and Reconciliation in Canada. UBC Press.
  • Rupert Ross. 2014. Indigenous Healing. Penguin.
  • Rupert Ross. 2006. Dancing with A Ghost: Exploring Aboriginal Reality. Penguin.
  • Kathleen Norris. 1996. The Cloister Walk. Putnam.

There is no charge for these events but an offering will be taken to offset costs associated with Fr. Brokenleg’s visit.